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For thousands of years, we have set out sailing for all kinds of reasons—for battle, for wealth, for excitement, and for escape. We have always had a primal relationship with the sea. Even those who have never been to sea are fascinated by the seafaring life and tales of salty adventure. This oversized collection of the greatest sailing stories of all time brings together such diverse authors as James Fenimore Cooper, Daniel Defoe, Homer, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Richard Middleton, Victor Hugo, Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Masefield, Stephen Crane, H. G. Wells, Herman Melville, and dozens more. Many of the writers whose words are featured here are instantly recognizable and have achieved deserved fame; others are less well-known, and rarely featured in print, but here take their rightful place on the shelves of sailing literature. Each story is illustrated with black-and-white line art that makes this book a true classic. Even if you are enjoying The Gigantic Book of Sailing Stories from the warm, dry comfort of your own living room, you are bound to be inspired by the colorful and stirring stories in this timeless collection.

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